Weekly Feature

2017-10-12 / Sports

Lady Bears’ soccer team shuts out Lackawanna


Senior Kelsey Flynn recorded a hat trick to highlight the Senior Night efforts by JFK’s girls soccer team in the Lady Bears’ 9-0 triumph over Lackawanna on Oct. 4.

JFK, whose roster includes 10 seniors, nine of whom have been on the team for four years, also saw Lauren Yox, Hannah Thomas, Hayley Derfert and Madison Tweedy make their mark on Senior Day. The team’s other two goals came off the foot of freshman Katelyn Golubski.

JFK scored its first three goals within an eight-minute stretch that began just 10 minutes into the contest. The Lady Bears also closed out the scoring with a similar burst, notching the game’s final three goals over a 12-minute span that began about halfway through the second half.

“We played really well from the beginning and just dominated the game,” coach Rich Mattison said. “I was really happy for Kelsey to get a hat trick on Senior Night. I’ve known all of the seniors since I taught them starting in third grade, and we had a nice ceremony after the game to honor all the girls. It was a fun game and I was happy for all of them.”

Gina DeMaioribus turned aside two shots to secure the win in net for JFK, which came into the contest feeling good about its chances after playing Tonawanda to a 5-2 loss on Sept. 28. Tonawanda had defeated the Lady Bears by a 10-2 count in the teams’ first meeting.

DeMaioribus turned aside 20 of the 25 shots she faced in net on an active day for JFK, which trailed 4-2 at the half. Golubski knotted the score at 1-1 just two minutes after Tonawanda had taken a 1-0 lead, and then pulled back within a goal, 3-2, at the 20-minute mark on Flynn’s tally.

Tonawanda scored its final goal of the first half with time winding down, but then couldn’t score again until the 32-minute mark of the second half.

“We actually played them really well and probably could’ve scored again with about eight minutes to play in the game, but we were just wide on a penalty shot,” Mattison said. “I don’t think their coach was too happy that we played them as well as we did this time.”

JFK (2-8-1 overall) returned to action Tuesday at Eden, but information about that contest was not available at press time. The Lady Bears close out their regular season this afternoon by facing Alden.

“I’d love to see us beat or tie Eden again to get some nice momentum going into the Alden game,” Mattison said. “If things go our way in these next two games, we could still have a shot at a home game. So, we just need to go out, play sold defense and just be strong all over the field.”

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